Preet’s Book: ‘Doing Justice’

Preet’s Book: ‘Doing Justice’



NEW YORK, 3/19/19: Stay Tuned Live Taping: Preet will be interviewed by CBS’ This Morning co-host Bianna Golodryga at the Skirball Center, New York, NY. You can purchase tickets here.

BOSTON AREA, 3/21/19: Preet Bharara in conversation with Professor Michael Sandel, hosted by Harvard Book Store at the Memorial Church, Cambridge MA. You can purchase tickets here.

SAN FRANSISCO 3/26/19: Preet Bharara in conversation with Jeffrey Toobin, hosted by City Arts & Lectures at the Sydney Goldstein Theater, San Francisco CA. You can purchase tickets here. SOLD OUT

SEATTLE 3/27/19: STG & Elliott Bay Book Company hosts Preet in a live interview at the Neptune Theater, Seattle WA. You can purchase tickets here.

LOS ANGELES 3/28/19: Writers Bloc and the Beverly Hills Bar Association present Preet Bharara at the Robert Frost Auditorium in Culver City with Jeffrey Toobin. You can purchase tickets here.

CHICAGO 4/4/19: Preet Bharara in conversation with NPR’s All Things Considered Ailsa Chang, hosted by WBEZ Chicago at the North Shore Center for The Performing Arts in Skokie. You can purchase tickets here.

PHILADELPHIIA 4/10/19: Preet will be joined by National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a wide-ranging conversation. You can purchase tickets here.

WASHINGTON, DC 4/18/19: Politics and Prose hosts Preet in a live interview at Sixth & I synagogue, Washington DC. You can purchase tickets here.

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By the one-time federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, an important overview of the way our justice system works, and why the rule of law is essential to our society. Using case histories, personal experiences and his own inviting writing and teaching style, Preet Bharara shows the thought process we need to best achieve truth and justice in our daily lives and within our society.

Preet Bharara has spent much of his life examining our legal system, pushing to make it better, and prosecuting those looking to subvert it. Bharara believes in our system and knows it must be protected, but to do so, we must also acknowledge and allow for flaws in the system and in human nature.The book is divided into four sections: Inquiry, Accusation, Judgment and Punishment. He shows why each step of this process is crucial to the legal system, but he also shows how we all need to think about each stage of the process to achieve truth and justice in our daily lives.

Bharara uses anecdotes and case histories from his legal career–the successes as well as the failures–to illustrate the realities of the legal system, and the consequences of taking action (and in some cases, not taking action, which can be just as essential when trying to achieve a just result). 

Much of what Bharara discusses is inspiring–it gives us hope that rational and objective fact-based thinking, combined with compassion, can truly lead us on a path toward truth and justice. Some of what he writes about will be controversial and cause much discussion. Ultimately, it is a thought-provoking, entertaining book about the need to find the humanity in our legal system–and in our society.


Hardcover | $27.95 
Published by Knopf
Mar 19, 2019 | 368 Pages | 5-5/8 x 9-1/4| ISBN 9780525521129


You can reserve a signed copy that ships anywhere via The Strand Bookstore here.


Preet Bharara served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017. Bharara oversaw the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases and supervised an office of more than two hundred Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who handled cases involving terrorism, narcotics and arms trafficking, financial and healthcare fraud, cybercrime, public corruption, gang violence, organized crime, and civil rights violations. In 2017, Bharara joined the NYU School of Law faculty as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence. He is the Executive Vice President of Some Spider Studios and the host of CAFE’s Stay Tuned with Preet, a podcast focused on issues of justice and fairness. Bharara graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and from Columbia Law School, where he was a member of the law review.


Ex-U.S. Attorney Bharara Gets Book Deal with Knopf (Politico, 6/22/17)

Kirkus Review, 01/06/19: (Starred Review) “The former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York skillfully explains how he approached his job, offering a mixture of guiding principles and compelling anecdotes”

Publisher’s Weekly, 02/12/19: (Starred Review) “With its approachable human moments, tragic and triumphant cases, heroic investigators, and depictions of hardworking everyday people, this book is a rare thing: a page-turning work of practical moral philosophy.”

New York Times, 02/28/19: (12 New Books to Watch for in March): “The former chief prosecutor of the Southern District of New York, Bharara was fired by President Trump in 2017. In this book, he outlines how the justice system works, and makes a case for why those bedrock principles are critical to society.”

Lawfare Blog, 03/12/19: (From Stay Tuned guest Chuck Rosenberg) “Doing Justice” is a consistently compelling and important tale, well written and well worth reading.

The Guardian, 03/15/19:”At its most powerful, Doing Justice works as a metaphorical survival guide for the Trump era. As with everything Bharara does, he writes in a tone that is calm and considered, a warm bath after the outrage of Trump’s daily tweets.”

Media Appearances

Meet the Press, 03/17/19: Watch Preet’s interview with Margaret Brennan on the latest news and his book, Doing Justice. Read the transcript here.

  • From the interview: “One of the points I make in the book “Doing Justice” over and over again is laws are not enough. Law can do some things but at the end of the day if you want to quell people’s hatred, you want to make people get along better, you want to have harmony, you have to have good people who are willing to step up to the plate and […] call out bad things when they happen.” [condensed for clarity]

CBS This Morning, 03/18/19: Watch Preet’s interview on CBS This Morning with co-hosts Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and Bianna Golodryga.